The leadership of the Nigeria Basketball Federation has tasked all stakeholders to brace up for another rollercoaster ride in 2019 as the federation gets ready to hit the ground running.
Despite landmark achievements in 2018 the NBBF believes that 2019 will be better.
According to the President, Engr Musa Kida, “2018 achievements were not accidental but products of serious preparations and efforts of all the board members. Despite the challenges and unnecessary distractions, 2019 promises to be better .”
Kida thanked the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, the Honorable Minister of Youths and Sports, Barrister Solomon for providing a level playing field for all sports federations to thrive in the year under review.
“We cannot thank Mr President and the Honorable Minister enough for their support. Barrister Solomon Dalung was with the D’Tigress in Spain for the better part of their world cup campaign which served as the needed motivation on their way to rewriting basketball history as well as Men’s World Cup qualifiers in Lagos.”
The board also took time out to appreciate all corporate sponsors and members of the media for their amazing support in 2018 while asking for more collaboration in the New Year.
Reminiscing on the NBBF’s achievements in 2018, Kida said it has never been this good.
In the year under review, Nigeria hosted the World Cup qualifiers twice in Lagos as D’Tigers under Coach Alex Nwora recorded an 9 match unbeaten streak to become the first country in the world to book a World Cup ticket in China.
Coach Otis Hughley led D’Tigress to the quarter final of the World cup while also becoming the first African country to ever win more than 1 game in the same tournament and the first country in Africa to ever get to the quarterfinals of the women’s World Cup.
“On the home front, for the first time in the history of Nigerian grassroots basketball, we have started repositioning the domestic league with the Total sponsored Division 1 and 2 expanded under a new format with over 150 teams participating. The Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League was also rejuvenated. First Bank who won the 2018 league finished 3rd in the FIBA Africa Women’s Club championship in Maputo, Mozambique,” Kida said.
Rivers Hoopers of Port Harcourt and Civil Defenders of Abuja both emerged Nigeria’s continental representatives before booking their place in the inaugural FIBA AfroLeague starting 2019.
The federation therefore promised that efforts will be intensified at the home front to make the domestic league marketable, rewarding and conducive for players, coaches and team owners.
“2019 is already here and we can’t just wait to tip off. We have the All Africa Games, the Afrobasket for men and women, u-16 boys and girls and then the big one which is the World cup. The time to start preparation is now as we urge all to join hands with us on this memorable journey while looking forward to focusing on grassroots development and making sure the Nigerian flag flies high outside her shores,” Kida concluded.
Nigerian-Australian athlete, Elizabeth Cambage gave a goodwill message over her Instagram account for how far she had spent this year, 2018 and hopes for greater things ahead come 2019.
"Well damn 2018... you were a crazy ass roller coaster of a year, full of the highest of high and a few tough lows, and I’m so thankful for all it.
I’m so proud of myself this year, 2 tournaments and 2 seasons of basketball where I lead the stats, broke records and made noise every time I touched a ball.
I took home 3 All Star 5 awards, a commonwealth gold medal and FIBA silver medal...
Not bad for girl who had well and truly lost her love for the game and did it all after a year and half away from the court.
There’s no way I could do the things I do with out all the love from my family, friends and fans.
I have so much love for you all and I’m so grateful that I have people around me who support me and constantly push be to be better and do better.
This year I did loose track of listening to my body, and I’ve pushed myself too hard. It’s so frustrating as an athlete to be told you need to stop and you need to take a break, but I’m taking everything as it comes and using this time to rehab and really get my body ready for 2019.
So see ya later 2018, and thank you for all the good and all the bad, because that’s the shit that makes me stronger, wiser and braver.
Whatever you want to do and achieve in 2019, you have the power within you it make it yours, you just have to believe it and chase it. Everything you want is on the other side of fear.
Sending lots of love and light to you all for an amazing 2019"
The 7th edition of the Mobolaji Akiode's 🇳🇬 Hope 4 Girls Africa tipped off in full glamore at her hometown in Ogun State, Nigeria.
From all over Nigeria, with 60 kids in attendance, special guests; former D'Tigress 🇳🇬 captain and NBA Reporter Ros Gold-Onwude and Power Forward Project Administrator Tunde Adekoya, came to show support, by sharing their knowledge, skills and life experiences.
Also at the clinic, coaching crew from within, such as former captain of D'Tigress at #Atlanta 96, now head coach of Deepwaters, Shola Shomola, Delta Force coach Kenneth Mfon, Elephant Girls head coach Peter Ahmedu just to name a few were present to empower the little ones not just the sport, but life skills.
The former Nigerian international, who also leads the NBA Junior Academy, had for a very long time impacted on kids through NGO. Through this project Mobolaji has brought in very popular kids in college, such as Aiyeton Felicia and Onome Akinbode James.
Uma-Okoro Ukoha Michael, former Nigerian International, Dodan Warriors and founder of @umaokorofoundation, goes off for 44 points and 17 rebounds in Nika 89-81 win over Sakhalin Bears.
The match between Nika and Sakhalin Bears finished the games of the first round of the Men's Sakhalin Basketball league teams of the 2018/2019 Season in Russia.
Michael almost a decade has been sponsoring kids to school in Nigeria on his own, before recently setting up a foundation.
Coming from a humble background, to the National team and playing internationally, Mr. Micheal sought the need to add value, not just to those around him, but kids whose future may be brighter than his.
As a leader, he hopes that with the help from others locally and internationally; would go a long way to provide more for the underprivileged ones.
"Heartfelt thanks to my friends and family who contributed through the Uma-okoro Foundation to meet their needs. They would go a long way to put smiles on the children's faces." ~said Michael
The Federation of International Basketball Associations (FIBA) has once again reaffirmed Engineer Musa Kida as the sole President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF).
This was contained in its latest letter dated 18th December and addressed to the Secretary General of the Nigeria Olympics Committee, Chief Tunde Popoola who had written to the apex world basketball governing body on the need to name the “eligible representative of the NBBF who will be at the (Nigerian Olympic Committee) (NOC) elective AGM and to vote” in Yola.
FIBA through its newly appointed Secretary General, Andreas Zaglis in their response said “FIBA has communicated with the board of Mr Kida concerning the affairs of the NBBF since July 2017 and has organized FIBA events with the same board’s assistance.”
“Besides, FIBA notes that good progress is being made in regularizing fully the NBBF-FIBA relationship, which remains an internal matter of the basketball family, since the NBBF is not suspended and enjoy full rights as a member,” FIBA continued.
FIBA explained that having earlier received a letter from the NOC recognizing the board elected on the 13th of June 2017 in Abuja and the recent memo of the Federal Ministry of Youth Sports Development validating Kida and his board, the international body has deemed it fit to accord the board all the necessary recognition.
The latest letter which finally put paid to insinuations in different quarters over who is in charge of basketball administration in Nigeria expressly named Kida who recently bagged a Doctorate Degree in Credit Management.
The letter granting Kida (or a validly nominated delegate of his) therefore nullified the earlier erroneous pronouncement of the NOC electoral committee chaired by Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima that no board had been recognized by FIBA as the legitimate basketball federation.
With FIBA’s position clearly stated on who is in charge of basketball administration in Nigeria, Engr. (Dr) Musa Kida called on all basketball stakeholders to join hands and contribute meaningfully to basketball growth.
He said despite the recent landmark achievements recorded by the board since its assumption of office, more ground could have been covered especially at the home front if not the incessant distractions.
Find attached the letter, below
The Defenders basketball team of the NSCDC has been inspired to do more as the commandant General, Muhammad Gana of the corp declares promotion for all officers and men that represented not only the corp , but the nation at the of the FIBA Africa Zone 3 Africa Basketball league that took place at Benin Republic.
The team which qualified foe the FIBA Afroleague have started in ernest preparations come January.
The commandant General while receiving the trophy at his office declared the promotions and promised his unending support and encouraging incentives for the team as the progress in the league.
In other news, Team Manager Victor Okoro gave mandate to Titanbasket Limited to create and manage the official website and social media platforms of the basketball team.